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tv   New York University Commencement Address  CSPAN  June 1, 2014 6:50am-7:01am EDT

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i hope you never are confronted by challenges this great, but you too will face moments in life when standing up for what you believe can make all the difference. having dwelt for a moment on failure and grit, let me turn to the deeper meaning that underpins grit and can carry us beyond failure. the hard work of building a life that makes a difference is much easier to sustain when you are passionate about what you pursue. when i first came to the federal reserve 37 years ago, i was struck by the passion of my colleagues for the mission of the fed. and these many years later, each day at work, i see the importance of that passion to carrying out the fed's duties effectively.
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if there is a job that you feel passionate about, do what you can to pursue that job; if there is a purpose about which you are passionate, dedicate yourself to that purpose. finally, i hope that you can find joy in the lives you choose. you are completing one important phase of your life today and embarking on an amazing new adventure. serious decisions about life surely lie ahead, but take the time to savor the joys, large and small that come along the way. share those joys with others, and share a laugh when you can. in closing, thank you again, on behalf of myself and the other honorees.
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thank you for the opportunity to theresident obama announced release of the lone u.s. soldier who was held in afghanistan. he spoke from the white house rose garden with the soldier's parents. he was turned over by the taliban in return for the release of five afghan detainees who were held at guantánamo bay.
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>> good afternoon, everybody. this morning, i called bob and jani bergdahl, and told them after nearly five years in captivity their son bowe is coming home. sergeant bergdahl has missed birthdays, holidays, and simple moments with family and friends that all of us take for granted. but while bowe was gone, he was never forgotten. his parents thought about him and prayed for him every single day, as did his sister sky, who prayed for his safe return. he was not forgotten by his community in idaho, or the military. and he was not forgotten by his country. the united states of america does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind. as commander-in-chief, i am proud of the service members who recovered sergeant bergdahl and brought him safely out of harm's way. as usual, they performed with
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extraordinary courage and professionalism, and they have made the nation proud. right now, our top priority is making sure that bowe gets the care and support he needs, and that he can be reunited with his family as soon as possible. i am also grateful for the tireless work of our diplomats and for the cooperation of the government of qatar in helping to secure bowe's release. we have worked for several years to achieve this goal, and earlier this week i was able to personally thank the emir of qatar for his leadership in getting this done. as part of this effort, the united states is transferring five detainees from guantanamo bay to qatar. the qatari government has given us assurances it will put in place measures to protect our national security. i want to express gratitude to the afghan government, which has always supported our efforts to secure bowe's release. the united states will continue to support and afghan-let
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process of reconciliation that could help secure a hard-earned peace in a sovereign and unified afghanistan. as i said earlier this week, we are committed to winding down the war in afghanistan, and we are committed to closing gitmo. but we also have an ironclad commitment to bring our prisoners of war home. that is who we are as americans. it is a profound obligation within our military, and today, at least in this instance, it is a promise we have been able to keep. i am mindful, though, that many troops who remained missing in the past -- that is why we will never forget. we will never give up our search for service members who remain unaccounted for. we remain deeply committed to securing the release of american citizens who are unjustly detained abroad and deserve to be reunited with their families, just like the bergdahls soon will be.
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bob and jani, today families across america share in the joy that i know you feel. as a parent, i cannot imagine the heart of you have gone through. as president, i know i speak for all americans when i say we cannot wait for the moment when you are reunited, and your son bowe is back in your arms. with that, i would like bob to have the opportunity to say something. jani as well. >> i want to say thank you to everyone who has supported bowe. he has had a wonderful team everywhere. we will continue to stay strong for bowe while he recovers. thank you. >> i would like to say to bowe right now, who is having trouble speaking english -- [speaking a foreign language]
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i am your father, bowe. the people of afghanistan, the same. the complicated nature of this recovery will never be comprehended. to each and every single one who effected this in this country, in the service branches, at the state department, throughout the whole of american government and around the world, international governments around the world, thank you so much. we just cannot communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president. so we look forward to continuing the recovery of our son, which is going to be a considerable task for our family. and we hope that the media will understand that that will keep us very preoccupied in the
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coming days and weeks. as he gets back home to the united states. thank you all for being here very much. >> next, your calls and comments live on "washington journal." then, "newsmakers."
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later, a wall street journal reporter looks at the climate initiative that will be announced on monday. and we will take your calls and you can join the conversation on facebook and twitter. "washington journal" is next. >> as commander in chief i am proud of the service members. as usual they performed with extraordinary courage and professionalism and they made their nation proud. host: good morning. the president made his comments last night in the rose garden of the white house. today sergeant byrd all is in recovering. his releases sparking a new debate with members of congress over whether we

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